addison's disease defined in 1939 yearaddison's disease - Addison's Disease;
addison's disease - Constitutional disease associated with changes in the supra-renal capsules or small glands attached to the kidneys. The most frequent cause is tuberculosis of these glands. The disease begins with symptoms of weakness and languor, followed by irritability of the stomach, feebleness of the heart, and pigmentation of the skin, which is often the first symptom to attract attention. Death may occur from heart-failure or from development of tuberculosis. Medical treatment may afford relief, but is of little avail to cure the disease, which was named after Dr. Thomas Addison (1793-1860), for many years a physician and lecturer at Guy's hospital, London.
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